– Three other top awards coveted by Guyana
From all indications, optimism was not enough for Guyana to covet an increased number of awards for its performance
at the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) s Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Examination.
Minister of Education, Priya Manickchand, at an emergency press conference (last year October) to name the local students named among the top performers of the Region, expressed her belief that Guyana will be able in the near future to secure all eight awards offered by CXC.
She nevertheless noted then, that the five top performing spots allocated to Guyana were certainly significant.
This year Guyana was able to secure four of the top performing places including: Overall Outstanding Achievement copped by Elisa Hamilton of Queen’s College; Most Outstanding in Humanities, Aliyyah Abdul Kadir of Queen’s College; Most Outstanding in Business Studies, Ryhan Chand of Queen’s College and Most Outstanding in Technical Vocational, Krishan Critchlow of New Amsterdam Multilateral School.
In a statement issued yesterday it was noted that “the Ministry of Education announces with pride that Guyana has once again done extraordinarily at the CSEC examinations, as Guyana gains four Regional Awards for Outstanding Performance in the May/June 2014 examinations.”
In recognition of their achievements, CXC will on December 4, 2014, present the outstanding students with awards at a ceremony to be held at the University of the West Indies Regional Headquarters, Mona Campus, Jamaica. “The Ministry of Education wishes to congratulate the students on their exemplary performance and wish them all the best in their future endeavours,” the statement added.
Last year Guyana secured five of the eight awards offered by CXC.
The top performers from Guyana then were: Yogeeta Persaud of the Anna Regina Secondary School who claimed Overall Outstanding Achievement; Rafena Mustapha of the Saraswati Vidya Niketan who was dubbed the Most Outstanding in Humanities; Cecil Cox of Queen’s College who was named the Most Outstanding in Sciences; Sasha Woodroffe of Queen’s College who claimed the Most Outstanding in Business Studies and Zimeena Rasheed of the Anna Regina Secondary School who was the Most Outstanding in Technical Vocational.
“I am extremely pleased to congratulate these students on their momentous achievement. I know they have had long nights and very early mornings as they prepared themselves for excellence,” Manickchand had noted.
The Minister did not fail to laud the teachers and parents who, according to her, “would have worked incredibly hard to ensure that these children perform at the highest level.”
She disclosed event then that within the last decade Guyana has been consistently receiving awards from CXC, because of the excellent performances of students. In fact, three particular areas that have been dominated over the years have been the Best Overall in Science, the Best Business Studies and the Most Outstanding Performance in the Region.
In 2012 Guyana was able to claim four of the eight Regional awards and was believed to be well on its way to securing all eight.
According to Minister Manickchand, “this is indeed a very proud moment for Guyana and our education system.”
But according to her, in order to ensure that the performances remain sustainable, the Government will have to remain committed to the development of the education sector and will continue to invest significantly in the enhancement of quality education. This therefore means, Minister Manickchand said, that “as a country we will be producing more students of high quality, who will be well equipped with the essential skills that will forge a development strategy from which all Guyanese will benefit.”
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